A Knitting Fool

I've been busy! Four summer birthdays (everyone in the whole fam damily but me!) and some fun internet searching for just the right something. Fortunately Jejune gave me a smashing idea for one of my giftees. Between that, ShanaLogic, and etsy shops, I am finding it very easy and a heck of a lot of fun this year. 8^)

And I am a knitting fool. Here are some of my UFOs (the new ones!). I started a scarf from some wool/silk I got from A Verb for Keeping Warm (up in Oakland). I love the color and am doing a stitch that I've not used before, usually seen on sock heels, Eye of Partridge. Why I always think, "Eye of Newt" when I think of the stitch, I do not know. [Insert snide comment here.] So far I am not f*ing up the pattern, which is "four" rows (though two are straight purling).
I started Blankie #2, on size 35s with these green/blue/gray tones. I also switched to seed stitch (three stitches on each side) instead of garter. Nicer. I've got a bit more done than this, but this gives a feeling for the softness, the invitingness, the warmth of this future gift throw.

And I finished booties I started at the end of June while in Seattle, from Knitpicks Swish. These are for my grand-nephew, Brian, who was born in January, so will need somewhat larger booties when it gets cool again and he's, oh, nine months old. Hope the little jingle bells don't drive his parents batty.
I'm also doing a mindless in the round beanie (brown and green) and still working on my Karen scarf, when I'm not plotting a new cast-on. I got Itty-Bitty Hats with my Borders discount coupon today and am already very interested in two of her patterns, not to mention her instructions for knitted stars, flowers, and others shapes. Susan Anderson must have the same embellishment gene as Cosymakes.

Off to bed. Tomorrow DH has his halfway CT scan to see how his chemo is eradicating the cancer cells that were previously large tumors. Though he is somewhat sobered by the drinking of barium (contrast dye), as he says he guesses he'll be doing this for the rest of his life, I am feeling very glad for the existence of barium smoothies, and am hoping that his new involvement with Team in Training (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society running clubs that raise money for research) will help provide him with the perspective of those who have gone ahead of him and are much further down the running/cancer path than he.

Happy knitting, all.


LizzieK8 said...

I just did a "new" EoP heel, too.
WS Purl
RS k1, s1
WS Purl
RS sl k1

I really liked the way it came out!

I think seed looks better than garter as a border, too. It fits better. GS is shorter than st st and eventually it looks pulled.

Susan said...

Those booties are adorable and who cares if the bells drive them crazy!
How do you keep track of all those projects? I have two going now and I'm totally neglecting one.

jenfromRI said...

I never thought of using eye of partridge (or newt) in a scarf - clever! And I love those booties. :)

ikkinlala said...

I'm hoping the CT scan brings good news, and I think those booties are adorable!

Jejune said...

Glad you found my idea useful :)

I've been rather absent from blogland for a while, so have only just caught up with the news about DH - I am SO sorry to hear of his illness... very scary times. It sounds like he's coping pretty well with the chemo, and is hopefully on the road to recovery. I hope you're holding up OK too.

My uncle was diagnosed with a very rare aggressive form of leukaemia earlier this year, and was put into an isolation ward for weeks on end while they did awful things to his immune system. He is in remission now, but they're not sure what his long-term prognosis is (generally not good with this rare variety).

Wishing you all the very best.

Midnightsky Fibers said...

The worst part of chemo is the chemo itself, it will only get better from here on out. It's always really scary to watch from the "outside" when it is someone you love, especially a spouse! I hope the support groups are able to provided some good suggestions and help with coping.

try not to listen to the horror stories everyone wants to tell (it's kinda like when you are pregnant and everyone wants to tell you about a friend of a friend's pregnancy that was crazy) about chemo and treatment options. It's good to be aware of likely scenarios, but better to just try and tune some of it out so you don't spend all your time worrying (more).

The booties are super cute!

Jenn/Midnightsky Fibers
(dad is a radiation oncologist, so I hope I don't sound too pretentious when talking about cancer treatments, I forget it is not "normal" dinner conversation).